Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

For example, in a case where someone already has insight, and they later developed an insight into a certain person, could it be said as,

He expanded his insight to Joe.

share|improve this question
    
Are you implying that someone's insight into all things accumulates into a single entity, which is to say that gaining any insight into any matter would enlarge that entity? –  Ponysopher Jan 18 '13 at 5:02
    
No. They could gain insight into Joe's psyche for example. But as stated in a comment to your other question, it really needs to be some attribute of Joe's not Joe himself. –  Jim Jan 18 '13 at 5:13
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 2 down vote accepted

The expression expanded his insight sounds really weird and a quick search in COCA shows that such an expression is very rare.

New Oxford American Dictionary suggests that

insight

the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing: this paper is alive with sympathetic insight into Shakespeare.

• an understanding of this kind: the signals would give marine biologists new insights into the behavior of whales.

and this is how you should express it:

He gained a deeper insight into to Joe.

though it is always better to write it this way:

He gained insight into Joe's behavior (or some other attribute of Joe's, as suggested by JIM)

as the word insight is more commonly used to express the idea of gaining an understanding of a particular problem, situation or thing.

insight into the real issue

insight into why Natalie is now moving in a new direction

insight into the market

insight into each child's capabilities

insight into the brain's functioning

insight into both professional and personal characteristics of potential employees

share|improve this answer
    
Writing today is such, we can find "About 10,100,000" instances of "insight to" on the Web ("About 714,000" in GoogleBooks). At least some are cases of prepositional use as in OP's example: "A fascinating insight to a drivers life..."; "China Beckons: An Insight to the Culture and National Language", "Simplifying your life: divine insights to uncomplicated living". –  Kris Jan 18 '13 at 7:21
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.